Green essentials: beeswax wood butter and why you need it

Wood is beautiful. However, it needs to be maintained in order for it to keep it’s beauty, especially in places where the heating is on for any length of time.

I love wood and I love to make wood bowls, cutting boards and spoons.  I also happen to love the environment and try to use Eco-friendly products as much as possible.

So when I discovered that most oils sold to polish your wood items were made of mineral oil – a petroleum product – I had to make a product of my own.

My biggest concerns were toxicity and environmental influence. I did my research and found that beeswax, when combined with an oil, was a good replacement for mineral oil. Since most oils go rancid within 6 months, I used unrefined virgin coconut oil, which has a long shelf life. Getting the quantities right was a bit of a challenge but the goal is to keep it hard but not so hard that you can’t spread it.

The handmade butter smells divine and is good for between six months to a year when stored in a cool, dry place.

If the butter is too hard to spread (this happens sometimes in the cold winter months) place in a warm spot and wait for it to soften up a bit. Then¬† use a spoon to scoop out a small amount and spread it all over your cutting board using a cotton cloth. Let it sit for a few minutes and then polish the board with the same cotton cloth. No paper towels or you’ll make a mess of you and your board.

The before and after photo is of some cherry wood cutting boards I made. As you can see, the butter really brings out the beauty of the wood.

This butter is also great for your wooden spoons and bowls. Just make sure to apply the butter when the wood is dry and not immediately after washing the items as beeswax and oil do not blend with water.